Winter Closing and Document Deadlines
[November 19, 2013]
Our office will be closed on the following dates:
November 28, 2013 - November 29, 2013
December 13, 2013 at 11:30 A.M.
December 24, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Please refer to the document HERE for a list of deadlines for January hearings and 341's.
[November 19, 2013]
We have several updated forms in the Library section of our website:
Ex Parte Order Granting Post-Confirmation Fees Under $1000
Stipulation and Order to Allow Trustee to Disburse Funds After Expiration of Plan
Stipulattion and Order for Entry of Order Permitting Debtor to Alter Tax Withholdings
These forms are available in Word and PDF format.
New Who Does What
[November 8, 2013]
The Who Does What has been updated to reflect changes within our Paralegal Department. Please download a copy from the link to the right and distribute it in your office.
End of 2848 Requirements
[October 4, 2013]
The Standing Ch 13 Trustees for the Southern Division of the Eastern District of Michigan will no longer require an IRS Form 2848 for cases filed on or after January 1, 2014. More information
about this policy can be found HERE.
Trustee Fee for FY 2014
[September 30, 2013]
The United States Trustee has set our Fee at 6.2% effective October 1, 2013. We encourage the use of a higher fee when calculating cases to account for fluctuations in the fee throughout the life of a Plan.
FINANCIAL EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
[June 21, 2013]
The Office of the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee, David Ruskin, is pleased to announce a series of FREE workshops for people in the Chapter 13 process.
The workshops are:
Credit Reporting, Scoring & Rebuilding
Financial Dangers: How to Protect Yourself
Money Management Basics
Developing Your Budget
So, Your Plan is Confirmed... Now What?
Q & A with the Trustee
Each class will be offered several times during the year. The classes run from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. and are held in the Conference Center at our office.
The workshop schedule and links to register can be found HERE. Just click on the REGISTER link in the PDF.
Space is limited and the workshops are open only to those who are currently in Chapter 13 with cases assigned to David Ruskin.
Emailing the Trustees with Debtor Financial Documents
[May 29, 2012]
The Offices of Krispen S. Carroll, David Wm. Ruskin, Tammy L. Terry and Carl L. Bekofske are pleased to provide coordinated procedures related to sending debtor financial documents via email.
The process uses a program called the central email reader. The program has some limitations, which are outlined within the document found below. It is our goal to keep the procedures for our offices as similar as possible.
The joint document, which includes detailed instructions for the use of the program as well as examples, can be found HERE.
The aim of this program is to provide the debtor bar with an easy to use method for getting these documents to the Trustee offices and for the Trustees to ensure that these documents are being received and reviewed timely by the proper staff.
However the limitations in the program can cause disruptions for everyone if the instructions are not followed. Please make sure your staff have a copy of the joint document to ensure that all documents are sent correctly.
Order Confirming Plan Format
[April 23, 2012]
The Order Submission program that the Court has provided for Trustees will now accept Orders formatted by Word 2007 and 2010 (the "DOCX" format). The Submission of Orders Confirming memo, found HERE, has been updated to reflect this change. To summarize, our office will now accept orders in the following formats:
doc (Word 2003 and earlier)
docx (Word 2007 and later)
wpd (Word Perfect)
Our office will reject orders submitted in any other format as the Court will not accept the document.
Joint ECF Announcement
[August 4, 2006]
The Standing Chapter 13 Trustees for the Eastern District of Michigan have issued a joint memo regarding service of documents
per LBR 9013-3 and ECF Procedure 4(e). The memo can be found HERE in PDF format.
Policy Regarding Fee Applications
[October 7, 2003]
The offices of Tammy Terry, Krispen Carroll and David Ruskin have agreed to a standardized
policy for dealing with fee applications in dispositive orders.
This policy can be found HERE in PDF format.